Coach A. keeps surprising me. First it was an out of the blue push to enter the ISI competition which I did last month. At our final April lesson she mentioned that our USFSA skating club was hosting a test session on the 17th of May and that I should consider testing the Dutch Waltz and the Canasta Tango. Some how I'd managed to block that piece of information out of my memory banks. Testing has always been on my horizon but suddenly that horizon got a whole lot closer. The deadline for submitting the application and payment of fees was the following Tuesday! That night I printed out the form, filled in my part and gave it to diaristdaughter to take with her to her group lesson the coming Thursday (Coach A. conveniently is her group lesson coach) for the coach's signature. She did so and brought it back. In turn I mailed it to the Test Chair. I saw the Test Chair over at Piney Orchard ice rink (Bowie is closed for annual maintenance) and she allowed as how my paperwork and check had been received. Last weekend the test schedule was published and my name is on it (twice) so there's no backing out. I will test these two dances, ready or not.
Ready or not. That's a big assumption, but I suspect my coach wouldn't hang me out there if she didn't think I was close. I know the patterns and I know the steps. Timing is still an issue.
Over the past couple of lessons we've also been trying to get my feet to consistently do progressives rather than reverting to crossovers during the heat of battle. Old habits die hard. I seem to be making small gains in that department but will it be enough? I have one more coached session and maybe one additional chance to get on the ice before the test date rolls around. A test for a well prepared student is essentially nothing more than filling out a form and smugly turning it in. I don't feel like I'm anywhere close to being that prepared. I'm more in the position of putting 'em out there and seeing what the judges have to say. It would be nice to put this pair of dances to bed so I could get back to working on the RB which has been on the back burner far too long. I just wish I had a little more time to get test ready.